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ManWay

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  1. This is a nonsense! Nothing more than a titillation for the masses of rare contributors to Alamy. It is also IMO a device to cover up dwindling fees and say "look what we're doing for our contributors".
  2. I am happy that Alamy caters for all types of photographers and is not 'elitist' at all. However it takes 30 mins or so to go through images that sell or have sold on Alamy to get some idea of 'where it's at' here. So alexandersr have a look at the forum and educate yourself. It's easy. Alamy is UKcentric naturally as it is UK based but does sell internationally pretty good. Also you have a small portfolio of images here on Alamy. That in itself is a detriment to sales. Keep shooting more and different type of images and be aware of your caption information and 'tags'.
  3. Well it was $28,560 .. gross! Then I woke up, made a coffee, logged on to Alamy and found I had made a sale of $18 gross! But really my best ever was $480 gross for 'commercial brochure' back in 2012. The dream was good though - almost sexual in it's excitement/intensity value. In the dream I never identified what the image was of - just the amount on my Alamy sales on computer page. Ho hum.
  4. Fair point Avpics. But since advertising on the web is experiencing all-time high revenues we should expect an increasing revenue for our work? But we are seeing an downward trend in revenue per image license - well at least I am. I'm making more licenses but increasingly less money for each one. Don't get me wrong, I like Alamy, but the trend is not just a 'market thing'. It is a 'greedy grab' from most of the 'Picture Agencies' making out that the low prices are just part of the market trend. This is false. disingenuous.
  5. Are you high? Used for free? Why would you do that? It's your work for goodness sake. Do you think that it's acceptable to work for free? Yes we may all do 'charitable works' for no recompense, financial anyway, but many of us on Alamy are professional photographers trying to earn our living.
  6. Yeah, thanks Avpics, I couldn't get a post on. The whole thing seemed broken. I kept trying to send a post but nothing happened and then got a message saying "error" . However all seems well now and the posts have all gone through! Never meant to send more than once. Richard
  7. Well I couldn't get on to forum for a while. Tags? Yes because apparently they insist upon them ............... I worry about how Alamy closes topics which they decide are "unsuitable" often regarding genuine debatable points that may, at first, seem "anti-Alamy" but need to be discussed nonetheless. Anyone heard of freedom of speech ? We are all PART OF ALAMY! We have made ALAMY WHAT IT IS TODAY! And, I believe, that our contribution should not just be overlooked and buried just because a comment may be regarded as "bad for business". Whose business? OURS!
  8. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  9. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  10. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  11. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  12. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  13. The important points being: “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  14. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors. Promises, promises It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said: “We place our contributors at the centre of our service” “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.” “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!" “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.” “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.” Every one of those promises has now been broken.
  15. RedSnapper - did you put a good word in for me? Having just said that I don't sell many (hardly any) Irish images in the UK press from Live News this appears; https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/weekend-weather-forecast-storm-callum-13406953
  16. No, I think Keith means that as UK based newspapers generally use UK based Live News pix (obviously apart from Foreign and Sport) it is handy for us here in Ireland that some newspapers have Irish editions. I sell very few pix from Ireland as Live News in UK based newspapers. The Irish Times and Irish Independent use sweet FA from Alamy in my experience.
  17. That's true enough Keith. Also we have Irish editions of Daily Mail and Mirror and Star. In fact most of my Live News usages have been Irish editions of The Times and The Sun. One or two in Mail and Mirror - but these two seem almost exclusively Getty these days or PA.
  18. Well done Andy! I think you scored there too because of that old adage "The early bird catches the worm". I'm hoping that my dogs in the wind gets some usage ..... nothing I can see so far but the Irish Sun updates regularly throughout the day online - then there is tomorrows print editions.
  19. Hi John, Thanks for that. Yes they got straight back to me today too - got to admire the efficiency of all at DACS. My problem same as yours - tax status. Hope I've cleared up the issue now and, as you say, they still have some money left for us!!!!
  20. Not sure if that is the consensus but I believe that to be bollox really. In fact it is bollox according to my contacts on picture desks. The images have to be resized in order to fit the space where they are going to be in print or on the web. They may well be cropped too. The picture desk people are too busy to be saying 'oh no! That image is 400 pixels too big on one side for us to manage". Ha ha the idea is laughable IMO.
  21. I generally send Alamy Live News pix at the best the camera can manage - simply because the images used are often heavily cropped by the user. So dimensions are 4288 x 2848 px. And Photoshop jpeg at 11 quality. I can't imagine a picture desk saying "oooh that's too big a file to use" if they like the image - that doesn't make sense. The jpegs generated by my method are not too big really in this day and age - between 4Mb and 7Mb normally. In any case if the Live News image is used just on the web - often the case with 'Pictures of the Day' - then the image size requirements are considerably less than for print so the picture desk have to resize anyway.
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